Behind-the-Camera of Photojournalist Nic Coury in Monterey County, California.

June 28, 2009

Welcome to the Rain Machine.

Kyp Malone is dressed in all white. His big beard, peppered with gray hairs, matches the length of his giant Afro.

Malone strums a gold electric guitar on the outdoor stage at Henry Miller Library in Big Sur. His lisp-y, light screams ring out over the over-driven guitar. About 40 people watch as they sprawl out on brightly colored blankets on the lawn.

Malone is best known for fronting the soulful alt-rock band TV on the Radio. His solo project, Rain Machine, releases its debut album in this Fall.

"This place is so beautiful," commented Malone on stage, referring to the lack of outdoors in Brooklyn where he resides. "It's not my everyday (here), so I'm keep talking about it."

Though TV on the Radio keeps him fairly busy, Malone says Rain Machine started out from writing songs after moving the New York and not having anyone to play with.

"For me, it's keeping music as a hobby and not only as a vocation," he says following his Big Sur set. "If people like it and are willing to listen, than that's awesome."

~ nic

2009 Monterey Bay Blues Festival.

Last night I shot the Monterey Bay Blues Festival.

It was really cool. Lots of good energy, great musicians and the blues.

Read my story at the Weekly's site here.

Clarence Carter.

Lucky Peterson.

Ernie Johnson.

J.C. Smith.

~ nic

June 17, 2009

More Film

I've been still shooting loads of film on my F100. The metering system is great and exposures it very well.

Here's some from around the county.

Kodak Ektachrome E100VS.

Kodak E100G.

Kodak E100G.

Kodak E100G.

Fuji Superia 1600.

~ nic

June 9, 2009

Updated Website.

So finally after figuring out how in the hell to get my server path correct, I was able to upload a new portfolio with what I think is my best work ever.

It's been, oh, about 15,000 pictures through a handful of cameras and lots of sweat equity, but it has been a great ride...

Here it is:

More to come per usual.

~ n

June 5, 2009


I wandered down to the Sunset Center this afternoon in hopes of shooting some behind-the-scenes of the dancers preparing for this weekend's Smuin Ballet.

One of the technical things that works in shooting with low-light is spot metering. Granted the lights were very bright, but I was able to create some nice "shadowy figure" photos at ISO 200 at some points.

I focused a lot on their feet, because it really created an emotive element to what they do as a performers.

I love shooting dancing as an art form, because even with vocal explanations, there are a lot of things said by their movements.

~ nic

June 4, 2009


Two quick edits from a practice shoot today. I needed a subject for an upcoming art show at the National Steinbeck Center where I'm showing. 

I had my friend Michelle, as a really great photog, dress up and I shot some film on my F100—a roll of Fuji Astia 100F pushed to 200.

These two were shot on my D700 with a 70-200 f/2.8 at 200mm f/2.8. Lately, I've been really digging shooting at f/2.8 (and faster with prime lenses) and really isolating my subjects.

More to come...

~ n

June 3, 2009

Low-Light Photography

The Nikon D700 is one heck of a camera. 

I love shooting with fast primes at night when the colors just "pop." in the frame and the contrast really stands out nicely.

The first photo was shot with a Nikkor 28-70 f/2.8 and the rest shot with a Nikkor 50 f/1.4 shot between f/1.4 and f/2. They were shot at ISO's between 1600 and 6400. Amazing.

I was down at East Village Coffee Lounge and made some nice feature photos during their weekly open mic night.

Feature photos always make for nice  images if I "find" them.

~ nic